10:01am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson to Star in NBC Comedy From 'Parks and Recreation' Creator
NBC is getting an early jump on casting season.
The network has tapped House of Lies star Kristen Bell and CSI: Cyber's Ted Danson to topline its forthcoming comedy series Good Place.
The comedy, picked up straight to series, centers on a woman wrestling with what it means to be good.
Bell will star as Eleanor, a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be “good” or “bad,” and then trying to make up for her past behavior.
The deal for the Veronica Mars alum is contingent that she can star in both Good Place as well as Showtime's House of Lies, which will film in Cuba.
Fargo alum Danson, meanwhile, will play Michael, who, through an unlikely set of circumstances, comes to be Eleanor’s guide through her self-designed self-improvement course. The casting cements his departure from CBS' CSI: Cyber. The CBS procedural will vanish from the schedule after a trial run on Wednesdays in March to make room for Elementary, which is moving to Sundays to clear room for freshman Rush Hour. CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller told THR on Tuesday at TCA that no decisions about the future of the CSI franchise have been taken.
Good Place was picked up straight to series with a 13-episode order in August. Parks and Recreation Emmy winner Mike Schur will oversee the Universal Television comedy, which joins Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the schedule next season for the prolific producer. Schur and 3 Arts' David Miner exec produce.